SZA: “I was born in St. Louis, but I’m from Maplewood, New Jersey. Maplewood is completely different than the rest of New Jersey. It’s very small. It’s quietly affluent but more lowkey. Lauryn Hill is from my town though. It was predominantly white, Jewish. I went to school with all white kids and my Girl Scout troop everyone was white. I was being the token black everyday.

 

I went to school with all white kids and my Girl Scout troop everyone was white. I was being the token black everyday.

 

“My dad was an executive producer at CNN, he just retired. My mom was an executive at AT&T, a global account lady I have no idea what she did, I just know she was never home and speaks several languages.

“I was a gymnast for 13 years so I was heavy into sports. I directed all my attention to it. I did really well in sports and was captain of my team. I was hardcore USA Gymnastics. When I was a sophomore in high school in 2005, I was 5th in the nation as a gymnast. The extreme exercise stunts your growth, your overexerting your body so much it doesn’t grow. Your period doesn't come till super late. So I was like 4’9' forever. Once I got lazy and didn’t want to practice and got into other shit, I grew. Now I’m 5’4'.”